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Ministers must consider the cost of defending poor decisions, Katy Watts tells Matthew Rogers

24 July 2017

‘We have yet to see the worst effects of the government’s “hostile environment” policy towards migrants,’ says Katy Watts, a former Justice First Fellow, and now solicitor, at the Public Law Project. ‘Restrictions on the right to health care, support, and housing have already created terrible hardship for many people, including children.’

The situation could have worsened for migrants last year had the Supreme Court not ruled the Ministry of Justice’s proposed residence test, which would have restricted civil legal aid only to persons who were lawfully resident in the UK for a continuous period of at least 12 months, as unlawful on the basis that it was ultra vires – a judicial review brought by PLP.

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